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Old 06-05-2013, 07:26 PM  
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Prodded by Andy Reid, Chiefs QB Alex Smith learning to be more aggressive
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
One of the qualities the Chiefs like in new quarterback Alex Smith is his recent history with few turnovers. Smith threw just 10 interceptions in his last 25 games for the San Francisco 49ers, a stat that looks extremely pretty in Kansas City after Chiefs quarterbacks committed 27 turnovers last season.

Smith’s low turnover rate was due at least in part by his reluctance to throw the ball down the field. He was referred to by frustrated 49ers fans as Captain Checkdown for his habit of throwing shorter patterns to receivers for shorter gains.

Smith is in the process of being reprogrammed by Andy Reid, his new coach. Reid doesn’t want to turn Smith into a turnover machine but wants him to be more aggressive, particularly during offseason practice.

“You want to get a feel for the offense now, particularly when you’re new at it (and) if there are close throws, challenge it, see what you can get away with,” Reid said. “If it ends up being an interception, OK, it’s an interception. You learn from it. These are smart guys so they learn from it and once they get into the season, they’re not experimenting with it on game day and they know what they can get away with and know what they can’t.

“It’s a new offense. I would tell any quarterback that comes in new that that’s what you need to do. I’ve told them all that. Go ahead and take your shots and see what you can get away with, within reason. But if it’s a close throw, there are going to be a few of those in the National Football League on game day so you need to know what you can get away with on each route.”

Smith and the other Chiefs quarterbacks were rewarded with several long completions in Wednesday’s practice. Smith had three such plays, including two to Jon Baldwin, while Tyler Bray and Ricky Stanzi had one apiece.

Wednesday’s barrage of big passing plays isn’t necessarily an indication the deep ball is back in the Chiefs’ offense. But since such plays have been scarce for the Chiefs in each of the past two seasons, they’re taking it as an encouraging sign.

“We’re just kind of continuing to press to see what we can do … finding out what we’re capable of,” Smith said. “You’ve got to find that out at some point. This is what the practice field is for.”

Smith was the NFL’s highest-rated passer last season before he was injured, missed a start and then replaced by Colin Kaepernick as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. Smith was completing more than 70 percent of his passes, a high rate, and had just five interceptions.

Still, he had just 30 touchdown passes in his final 25 starts for the 49ers. While that’s a good number as a ratio with his 10 interceptions, it still represents a shortage of big plays.

Smith won’t turn into a mad bomber overnight, if he ever does.

“You want to stay aggressive,” Smith said. “But in the end I’m always trying to make the right read and throw where the defense is telling me to throw. You don’t come out here and predetermine anything, like ‘Oh, I’m going to chuck it deep on this play.’ I’m constantly trying to just trust my eyes and what I’m seeing out there, trust my reads and what I’ve prepared for and then come out here and throw good balls.”

For his part, Reid might be OK with that. But for now, when an interception costs the Chiefs nothing, he would prefer Smith be more of a gambler.

“Everybody is all on board (with Smith),” Reid said. “He’s a good football player. He’s showing that (along with) good leadership. I’m asking him to do a ton of things. He’s handling it. We’ve had an interception here or there but that’s all part of this thing. You’ve got to find out about the offense and you can’t do it with your hands in your pocket. You’ve got to go out and try things and experiment. That’s what he’s doing now.

“It’s just good stuff. He’s staying aggressive with the ball, and I appreciate that.”

The final offseason practice is today. The Chiefs won’t get together again as a group until training camp begins in July at Missouri Western State University.

Smith indicated he may try to throw to some Chiefs receivers during their downtime in an effort to stay sharp.

“We’re heads and shoulder above where we were a couple of months ago,” he said. “But that’s a never-ending thing. I don’t think it’s something like, ‘We’ve got a good feel for each other so we don’t need to work anymore.’ You’re constantly working at it. This is our job, this is our craft. Every single day, it’s coming out here and pushing to get better.”
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:10 AM   #1486
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You do realize that you are being hypocritical every time you bring up Geno Smith, right?

You can't clown people for being critical of Alex Smith "before he even plays a down for us" and then turn around and clown people that thought Geno Smith was worthy of a much higher pick than where he eventually fell to before "he even plays a down in the NFL"
Regardless of your opinion of Smith's performance thus far, he has achieved in this league.

At this point all that Geno has done has been to make a decision on how to handle adversity regarding his paycheck.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:12 AM   #1487
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Boom goes the dynamite.

Alex Smith has a proven history of being shitty.

Geno Smith...the jury is out...so Dane really needs to use his brain on this one.
Well, when guys like Kiper, Mayock, and McShay(who should be trusted for their all-knowing abilities, no questions asked)tell you it's a bad idea; you'd better listen! Obey!
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:12 AM   #1488
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You do realize that you are being hypocritical every time you bring up Geno Smith, right?
Um, no.

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You can't clown people for being critical of Alex Smith "before he even plays a down for us" and then turn around and clown people that thought Geno Smith was worthy of a much higher pick than where he eventually fell to before "he even plays a down in the NFL"
Good God.

The two are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.

Where Geno Smith did and did not go has absolutely no relation to Alex Smith.

For months on end, people posted (yourself included) that he was worthy of 1.1, was a Franchise QB, and was definitely a first rounder.

How many times did people say "Oh shit, he's going to Raiders and will **** us for 10 years"?

How many times (yourself included) say "Well, that's it! The Chiefs are taking Geno Smith at 1.1! We'll have Alex Smith as a stop-gap then Geno will take over!".

You were wrong. Clay was wrong. PGM was wrong SNR was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

No one chose Geno Smith in the first round. Jacksonville, Philly and Tennessee, all teams with questionable QB's, passed on Geno Smith.

As I predicted and said all along, Geno Smith was not worthy of 1.1 nor was he a first round QB. And that has absolutely NOTHING to do with Alex Smith.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:13 AM   #1489
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Geno Smith can still prove he's worth a 1st round pick by playing at a first round level.

That's not hard to understand but Dane is dying to claim victory on something after I jizzed all over his face last season.
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Boom goes the dynamite.

Alex Smith has a proven history of being shitty.

Geno Smith...the jury is out...so Dane really needs to use his brain on this one.
AS has shown he can and has gotten better. There's a million excuses one way or another for that but that is true.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:13 AM   #1491
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Geno Smith...the jury is out...so Dane really needs to use his brain on this one.
False narrative, once again.

You have become an intellectually dishonest piece of shit, Clay. You should be ashamed of yourself.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:14 AM   #1492
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Geno Smith can still prove he's worth a 1st round pick by playing at a first round level.

That's not hard to understand but Dane is dying to claim victory on something after I jizzed all over his face last season.
How did you jizz on Dane's face last season? Do tell!
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False narrative, once again.
What I just said was 100 percent truth.

Geno Smith could still be an awesome QB.

It could happen!

You are being obtuse.
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How did you jizz on Dane's face last season? Do tell!
He thought the Chiefs were a playoff team.
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What I just said was 100 percent truth.

Geno Smith could still be an awesome QB.

It could happen!

You are being obtuse.
No, ALL 32 teams passed on him. There is NO WAY it could happen!
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Geno Smith can still prove he's worth a 1st round pick by playing at a first round level.
You can't have it both ways, you dumb****.

Either Geno Smith is worthy of 1.1 or he's not. Either Geno Smith is chosen in the first round or he's not.

I said this entire offseason that he was worthy of neither. If he needed to sit on the bench and develop, he was MOST CERTAINLY not worth the number one overall pick.

I NEVER once said that he couldn't develop into an average or above average QB, that's irrelevant to the conversation but YOU spammed this forum and every ****ing thread for months on end PROCLAIMING him worthy of 1.1.

You were wrong. Admit it and shut up.
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He thought the Chiefs were a playoff team.
Are you ****ing kidding me?????

No, really?
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He thought the Chiefs were a playoff team.
So did ESPN, SI and a number of publications, so I wasn't alone.

I was however, wrong. And I've admitted it, so I don't understand why you feel the need to bring it up.

I guess it's because you're out of material.
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What I just said was 100 percent truth.

Geno Smith could still be an awesome QB.

It could happen!

You are being obtuse.
And you're changing your story, which shouldn't be surprising considering your level of maturity and past shenanigans.
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Matt Cassel + Scott Pioli = Playoff team.

Wow. I'd better start worshipping those talking heads, and right soon!
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